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Homemade Salicylic Acid Peel

author image Julia Estrela
Julia Estrela has been working as a freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Estrela holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Connecticut College.
Homemade Salicylic Acid Peel
Homemade Salicylic Acid Peel

Salicylic acid is a type of beta-hydroxy acid derived from willow bark. A natural exfoliant, the acid is commonly used in topical treatments for aging, sun-damaged skin and acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid is available in a number of commercial skincare products, but you can make your own using a common ingredient from the medicine cabinet. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, and topical aspirin applications produce rejuvenating effects similar to those of its cosmetic counterparts.

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Step 1

Combine the baking soda with 1 cup of water in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Step 2

Place the uncoated aspirin in the second bowl and sprinkle it with lemon juice until the pills dissolve into a paste. Use the spoon to crush any larger pieces.

Step 3

Use clean hands to spread a thin, even layer of the aspirin mixture all over your face, avoiding the eyes. Let it dry for five to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Soak a cotton ball in the baking soda and water mixture, and use it to gently wipe off the aspirin peel. The baking soda acts as a neutralizer for the acid.

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